“People came and they met and they felt comfortable. It’s what we did with Coogan’s. You felt safe, and if you were safe, you could be joyful. And if you were joyful, then you could really go home with the dream that you had.”
That’s how Peter Walsh, a co-owner of Coogan’s restaurant and pub in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, describes the experience his beloved establishment fostered for 35 years before its closure owing to economic hardships brought about by the pandemic.
We meet Walsh in “Survive,” a moody three-and-half-minute film directed in bittersweet documentary-style by Smuggler director Miles Jay and cinematographer Bradford Young (an Oscar nominee for Arrival). It’s part of an integrated initiative from Facebook and Droga5 to help small businesses as they fight for their lives: